The biggest score of Maxx Coleman’s career just came in the form of a $775,000 first-place prize at the 2015 River Poker Series $2,500 Main Event. After 70 hands at the final table and one close call toward the end of play, Coleman defeated eight other final competitors to be crowned champion.
The series, hosted by the Winstar World Casino in Oklahoma, drew players from nearby states; it took just three hours for Coleman to claim the top prize after a three-way duel with Joseph Skinner and Jake Haller.
Coleman made his first big move with six players remaining by eliminating Lonny Hardcastle. The ouster gave him an almost 2-1 chip advantage on the 48th hand. After sending Andy Andrejevic packing, Coleman took control of $20 million of the $29.1 million worth of chips in play with only three players left.
Coleman got a bit lucky against Andrejevic, winning the hand with A♧, 10♤ against Andy’s A♤, Q♧. The board ended up showing J♧, 10♧, 2♢, 8♡, 7♢, giving Coleman top pair.
When the field was whittled to three, the remaining men struck a deal that gave Skinner and Haller almost $350,000 each – more than second place was originally slated to receive.
Coleman secured the win, nonetheless, with a J♤,4♢ against Skinner’s Q♢, 7♢.
The win pushed the Kansas native’s lifetime earnings over $1 million. His previous biggest score was $285,408 when he took 21st in the World Series of Poker Main Event in 2013. The first-place finish continues a solid summer for Coleman, who has placed in the money in five WSOP events over the past few months.
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